What Does DBA Mean in a Text?

Below are the most common meanings for DBA:
  • Don't Bother Asking. DBA (Don't Bother Asking) is used to fend off an imminent question by warning that there is only bad news associated with the situation.

  • Doing Business As. DBA (Doing Business As) is a legal term to show that a trading name is not the legal name of the person who owns the business. DBA is also seen as "o/a" (Operating As) or "t/a" (Trading As).

  • Database Administrator. DBA (Database Administrator) is an IT professional responsible for installing, configuring, upgrading, administering, monitoring, maintaining, and securing an organization's databases.

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meaning of DBA

On chat forums and in texts, the most common meaning of DBA is "don't bother asking."

Summary of Key Points

"Don't Bother Asking" is the most common definition for DBA on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Don't Bother Asking
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of DBA in Sentences

Here are examples of DBA being used in conversations:
  • I've received my exam results. DBA.
Of note, DBA can also be a reply to a question.
  • Charlie: How did your exams go?
  • Jordan: DBA.
  • (In these examples, DBA means "don't bother asking.")
  • Mark Jones DBA Mark Batty.
  • (Here, DBA means "doing business as.")
  • I can't find anything I need these days. That new DBA has messed it all up.
  • (Here, DBA means "database administrator.")

An Academic Look at DBA

DBA is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dee Bee Ay). (NB: Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

Second Definition for DBA

This meaning was also noted:
Definition:Doing Business As
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user


Third Definition for DBA

This meaning was also noted:
Definition:Database Administrator
Type:Internet Slang Term
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Example of DBA Used in a Text

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